UglyDucklingAbroad brings the charm and beauty of Denmark to your fingertips.

Experience the essence of Danish culture, history, and delicious food all in one place. Whether you're a homesick Dane, a Daneophile, or simply curious about the fairytale homeland of Hans Christian Andersen, our platform is tailor-made to satisfy your cravings.

Why are Danes so Happy?

When international surveys ask citizens around the world how happy they are with their daily lives and personal circumstances, Denmark always comes in among the top three happiest countries in the world. But what makes the Danes so happy?  Is it the tuition-free access to high-quality education, or the no-fee public health care? Is it the relative lack of crime and corruption, or just plain Danish hygge?

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The Land of LEGO

Lego - the very word brings a flood of nostalgic memories for many, and for others, it ignites a passionate spark of creativity. These iconic interlocking bricks have captured the hearts and minds of millions around the world, transcending generations and cultures. In this blog post, we'll explore the enduring appeal and magic of LEGO, from its humble beginnings to its profound impact on play, education, and beyond.

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Mortens Aften: A Feast of Tradition

Saint Martin's Day, also known as Mortens Aften in Denmark, is a cherished holiday that commemorates the life of Saint Martin or Martin of Tours. This year, on November 11, 2023, people around the world will celebrate this significant day. But before we delve into the details of this festive occasion, let's first explore the history behind it and the customs associated with Saint Martin's Day.

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In Danes We Trust

In Denmark, trust is the basis of most social interactions as well as business and government. In fact, Danes are considered some of the most trusting people in the world.

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To Be Danish...

To be Danish is like trying to assemble a quirky puzzle, with pieces of culture, history, social norms, and even a dash of language all thrown into the mix. It's a blend that defines the identity of those who proudly consider themselves part of Denmark's family portrait. And in this Danish family album, we've got some cultural traditions that might seem as puzzling as trying to teach a reindeer to dance the tango, but hey, they make perfect sense to Danes!

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Autumn in Denmark

As summer's warmth gradually yields to the crisp, cool embrace of autumn, Denmark undergoes a breathtaking transformation. The lush green landscapes turn into a mesmerizing kaleidoscope of vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges. Autumn in Denmark is a season of sheer enchantment, where the country's natural beauty takes center stage. In this blog post, we will explore what makes autumn in Denmark so special and why it's a must-visit destination during this time of year.

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Hoptimist, A Natural Mood Enhancer

In the vast world of design, there are creations that catch your eye, and then there are those that capture your heart! The Hoptimist is one such figure that springs into action with a gentle tap, spreading joy, happiness and optimism like a warm hug.

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Sarcasm 101: A Guide to Understanding the Art of Danish Irony

Denmark, a land of picturesque landscapes, stunning architecture, and cheerful people, also boasts a unique sense of humor that can leave newcomers scratching their heads. If you've ever encountered a Dane delivering a seemingly serious comment that turns out to be dripping with sarcasm, you're not alone. Welcome to the world of Danish sarcasm and irony, where words are often the opposite of what they seem.

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Hidden Gems in Denmark

Denmark is known for its rich history, beautiful landscapes, and unique cultural attractions. While many of its attractions are well-known, there are also some hidden gems that might not be as widely recognized by tourists. Here are a few of them...

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Hygge, The Art of Coziness

We'd love to share with you the enchanting world of Danish hygge – a concept that has the power to offer a wonderful escape from our fast-paced lives and bring so much comfort.

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Let's Talk About the Weather

Denmark, that picturesque Scandinavian jewel, has a lot more to offer than just stunning landscapes and rich history. One thing that defines the Danish experience is its unique weather patterns. Nestled between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, Denmark's climate is like no other. Let's take a closer look at what makes Danish weather tick, how it affects daily life, and the challenges it brings.

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Quirky Danish Expressions Decoded, Part 3

How'd you like the first two parts? Don't worry, there's enough weird and wonderful Danish expressions to fill a bucket full of holes! These expressions might not have a direct translation in English or any other language, yet they encapsulate sentiments, concepts, and cultural insights that resonate universally.

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Quirky Danish Expressions Decoded, Part 2

How'd you like the first part? Ready for some more weird and wonderful Danish expressions. These expressions might not have a direct translation in English or any other language, yet they encapsulate sentiments, concepts, and cultural insights that resonate universally. Not to worry: Part 3 will follow very soon...

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Who's your Grandparent now!

In Denmark, a beautiful tradition reflects not just family ties but also a unique linguistic distinction. The Danish grandparent naming convention, rooted in the concept of "kinship terminology," holds a charming significance.

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Delicious Danish Food

Denmark is known for its delectable cuisine that combines traditional flavors with modern culinary techniques. Here are some dishes you should definitely try when visiting Denmark.

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10 Places to Visit in Denmark

Denmark offers a wealth of beautiful destinations to explore. Here are 10 places you should not miss when in Denmark, including easy link to finding a place to stay (in collaboration with Booking.com):

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10 Things you should know about Denmark

Denmark is a country located in Northern Europe and is the southernmost of the Nordic countries. It is bordered by Germany to the south and is surrounded by the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. Denmark is known for its high standard of living, social welfare system, and progressive values.

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